- Purify means to make something clean or free from impurities.
- To take the toxins out of drinking water is an example of purify.
- To go to church and be freed from sin is an example of purify.
purify definition by Webster's New World
- to rid of impurities or pollution
- to free from guilt, sin, or ceremonial uncleanness
- to free from incorrect or corrupting elements
- to purge (of or from)
Origin: Middle English purifien ; from Old French purifier ; from Classical Latin purificare: see pure and amp; -fy
purify definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb pu·ri·fied, pu·ri·fy·ing, pu·ri·fies verb, transitive
- To rid of impurities; cleanse.
- To rid of foreign or objectionable elements.
- To free from sin, guilt, or other defilement.
Origin: Middle English purifien, from Old French purifier, from Latin pūrificāre : pūrus, clean; see pure + -ficāre, -fy.
- pu·rifˈi·ca·toˌry adjective
- puˈri·fiˌer noun